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  Obama mocks O’Brien’s Fugitive Slave Act comparison in healthcare speech
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News DateThursday, September 26, 2013 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPresident Obama took a potshot today at New Hampshire state Rep. Bill O’Brien over his comparison of Obamacare to the 19th century Fugitive Slave Act.

At an Aug. 1 rally in Concord, O’Brien, a Mont Vernon Republican and former House speaker who at the time was considering a run for Congress, criticized Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform law.

“What is Obamacare? It is a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, that allowed slaveowners to come to New Hampshire and seize African-Americans and use the federal courts to take them back to ... slave states,” O’Brien said.

Obama referenced O’Brien, though not by name, in a speech today at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, while speaking about Republican opposition to implementation of the healthcare law.
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